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Using Community Spaces During Lockdown

With community facilities being closed to limit transmission of COVID-19, but an encouragement to get fresh air and exercise, there is some confusion about how people should be using community spaces during lockdown. Earlier this week Council was disappointed to find someone had tampered with a gate at the Kaiapoi Dog Park, resulting in members of the public using the area. All playgrounds and dog parks in Waimakariri have been closed to limit transmission of COVID-19 ...
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North Canterbury Business Connecting Students to Literacy Program During Lockdown

A North Canterbury educational resource provider is aiming to provide a free login to its literacy development program to every school-aged child in New Zealand during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Learning Staircase, based in Rangiora, designs and retails top quality educational resources and software for learners of all ages including adults and learners with specific learning disabilities. Their StepsWeb online program lets learners improve their literacy, vocabulary, comprehension and verbal reasoning via research-based tools, games ...

Represent your Country!

We can all represent our country The current lockdown situation is giving us a sporting chance to beat this virus.  Despite the disappointment of seasons remaining unfinished, or not even beginning, we all know this situation is one that needs to be won, and if we all work as a team, we can do it. The effects are far and wide. Professional sports are on hold, the Olympics delayed. The level of training and preparedness for ...

North Canterbury Jobs Could be Saved by Changes to Subsidy Scheme

Changes to the Government’s Wage Subsidy Scheme announced today may save some jobs in the face of the COVID-19 lockdown. The Government has today made modifications to the scheme including: Businesses accessing the scheme must still undertake best endeavours to pay employees 80% of their pre-COVID income. Where that is not possible – in particular where a business has no activity whatsoever due to the shutdown and workers are not working any hours – they must ...

Beach access closed to comply with physical distancing

Waimakariri District Council have today closed beach access ways. The decision was made in line with advice from the government in discouraging unnecessary travel and keeping physical distancing limits in place. “We appreciate that many people would have been looking forward to accessing the beaches but already there has been a wave of people from our District and others heading to our beaches. “The beaches are great places to get some fresh air but we all have ...